Apr 29

Rich and tasty Italian Meatballs and Sauce

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We are mere days away from May and it snowed all day. Welcome to spring in Nova Scotia. Anyway, both Jess and I were craving a bit of comfort food today. We had a pound of grass fed ground beef and a couple of hot Italian sausages so my thoughts headed towards Italian flavours. Homemade meatballs are easy and are great vessels to pack in a TON of flavour. Never be shy when seasoning your ground meat!

This is a nice little dish and pairs really well with my buttery pull apart dinner rolls

Ready in: 1h 15m
Prep: 35m
Servings: 12 meatballs


  • Meatballs:
  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 hot Italian sausages removed from casing
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp red wine
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Sauce:
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chile flakes
  • splash of red wine
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup stock
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Alright, firstly, turn on some background Italian music and pour a glass of red if that's your thing. Now, let's make some meatballs. In a bowl add in all of the of the ingredients. Mix well but don't overwork the mixture. Form into 3 tbsp-sized balls (golf ball sized?) and place on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 450 and roast the meatballs for 10 mins. Remove from oven but keep them close by. We will be back for them shortly.
  2. Sauce time: Heat oil in pot to medium high. Add garlic, onions, and basil. Saute and keep the mixture moving so it doesn't burn. Add in oregano, garlic powder, chile flakes, and tomato paste. Stir for 2-3 mins. Next, splash in the red wine to deglaze the pot. Let it steam and enjoy the smell! Next add the can of crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, and stock. Bring to a boil then reduce to low and let simmer for 20 mins. Add in the parmesan and chopped fresh basil.
  3. Next up, drop the meatballs into the sauce. Let them simmer for 10 minutes. Ideally, transfer to a cast iron skillet and grate more cheese over everything. Broil for 4 mins to melt the cheese. Now, get some bread and dig in!